Hot Topic stealing another artist’s design?

This shirt on Hot Topic’s website a little too similar to artwork from Lora (Lora8 on deviantArt)?  It looks like Hot Topic used Lora’s design to create a direct knock off.  This is a sad issue indeed for designers who showcase their work online, only to have it stolen for another company’s profit.

http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Apparel/TShirts/Shout-Out-Love-Tee-259404.jsp

Lora’s work can be found at  http://www.elastika.org/2010/05/lora/

5 comments

  • Hot Topic is not a clothing company—they do not design or manufacture garments. They buy them wholesale from clothing companies and music merchandising companies and have absolutely no way of knowing if a graphic is plagiarized, as is clearly the case here.

  • I second DNA. Many companies nowadays operate that way. Big names get stuff in many shops and thus theft is noticed quickly, but the fault lies with the sneaky designer who copied the original art, for some tiny clothing company who then sells it to the unsuspecting distributor etc.

  • Thank you for this article. I would also like to express that it can end up being hard when you find yourself in school and starting out to initiate a long credit ranking. There are many students who are just simply trying to make it through and have a protracted or favourable credit history is often a difficult point to have.

  • Your concept is not incorrect,I am guessing God assists those that support themselves. Come on!

  • The apologists keep pointing out that most (if not all) of the merchandise is made and designed by external manufacturers. However, this does not exonerate Hot Topic any more than if they were selling stolen property; not in any legal sense, no moral sense, and certainly not in a laughing-stock-of-the-industry sense. There are plenty of ways for stores to protect themselves from shady vendors: do a little research, contractually require suppliers to assume responsibility for relevant challenges, require vendors to show proof of insurance, stop doing business when a fraudulent operation is discovered… the list is long (but not too long for other stores). Hot Topic has shown that they simply don’t give a damn.

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